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Posted by jp498 [Email] (more from jp498) on Sun, 29 Aug 2010 13:27:54 Share Post by Email
In Reply to: Re: OT: Neighborhood dispute!, Eric, Fri, 27 Aug 2010 18:19:53
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I've had the same problem. Neighbor did call the cops and they came, but I wasn't home, so I called the cops back.

If I drive my c900 turbo past her place at 20-25mph, it's got a slightly throatier exhaust and is making all sorts of cool noises as I decelerate toward her place. Not everyone thinks it's cool; it's menacing to someone who doesn't like cars going by. 25 is kinda high revving for second gear.

If I drive by in my 9-5, she doesn't bat an eyelash, as it's a "family" car that's practically silent. That car is a lot quieter in second gear.

I followed a friend riding a performance modified kz1000 at 20mph. It sounds like an F1 car sitting still with noisy revs and a snappy throttle. She absolutely came unglued when that went by. It looks and sounds fast standing still.

In my case, it's all about how menacing you sound, as the neighbor is not able to judge actual speed. I returned the call to the police, they apologized for bugging me, but they'd had complaints about me and had to follow through and get in touch with me. I told them I am very careful in that spot, since it's a corner and many people walk in the road, and I'm always seeing deer, and the car just sounds like it's going fast due to the gear I'm in when I go past. They were satisfied with my callback and explanation.

Neighbor months later crosses paths with me walking with my wife and two kids. She mentions something about how having kids will make me more careful driving in the neighborhood. I gave a pleasant smile and continued on my way. I'll let her think that has made me less of a menace to society. However, I've always been super careful on the lookout driving.


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